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Me & My Tablet Computer in RE World

"I write this after many months of talking about the possibility of going to a

paperless solution.  Within 2 weeks I will embark on the trail of my first

transaction with at least minimal paper by buying a HP 2710 Tablet Computer."

This was one of my first posts on Active Rain. I have been using the

HP 2710 Tablet for almost a year now.  For those of you considering going

this route, I will give you my opinion on using it every day.

me & my tablet computer


I find I learn something every time I use the tablet. Buyers and sellers

love the technology.  Although they feel uncomfortable using the digital

pen to sign lots of forms, it is great for the occasional document that

needs to be completed. The digital pen has a button on the side of it

that  acts like a right click and clients feel like they might cause a

problem if they accidentally push it.  It just locks up the screen,

annoying but no big deal.

The biggest issue is when I send a form from my system to another

and the receiving computer has an older version of Adobe than I have.

 It will show the signatures or additions to the document on the screen

 but when you print  the document, they don't show up on the printed

version. I'm sure this will be corrected eventually.  In the future I believe

 we will be using this technology every day but for now, it is the exception.


Using the tablet in presentations, especially a listing situation with the

air card to connect to the web, I can show my clients what we do for

them on-line. Along with the power point presentation, this high tech 

approach does make the client feel like we offer more than the competition.


I would recommend using the Tablet computer for everyday real estate.

 My original tablet computer blog


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Comment balloon 11 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • September 30 2008 12:32PM


The problem with Adobe not printing your annotations is a setting in the preferences when you print.  To correct the issue, after hitting "print" there is a drop-down list labeled "Comments and Forms" directly beneath the "Properties" button in the upper right corner.  Make sure this reads "Documents and Markups" otherwise it will only print the original document and not your signatures or notes.

Posted by James Malanowski, REO Broker, Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, CA ( (DRE #01373117)) about 12 years ago

James Thanks I thought it must be the version. I really appreciate you taking the time to help.

Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago

I have been wondering about the tablets.  The touch screens look pretty awesome to.  Eventually using these kinds of tools will become more and more accepted. 

Posted by Regina Lundeen (Delaware Association of REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

Regina: it has been great for me I don't want to carry a smart phone device because the screen is so small and the Tablet with an air card gives me a larger screen and more flexibility.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

There is very little paper in my office anymore, but I've also been like that for about a decade, maybe a little longer. I have a degree in Forest Management from Texas A&M University, so I've always been conscientious about paper waste. I even take used paper from other people, cut it into sixths, and create little notepads out of it. I haven't bought post-it notes in about 20 years.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 12 years ago

Russel: Very impressive we are in the process of going paperless but it needs to get more accepted by the rest of the business from Lenders, title companies and others to make this happen.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

Great post, I am sure its an attention getter as there are not too many agents using them, even though they have been around for a few years now.

Posted by Bonita Malone, GRI, SFR, CDPE (Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Bonita: Yes, they have been around but few agents have them. Any chance to eliminate the papers I have to file is tops in my book.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

I've not converted to a tablet yet. I'm still on PC and about to get another.  My clientele and environment is  progressive but a few months/years from the tablet.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 12 years ago

Chris: I thought the same but the reaction to the tablet has been very positive.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

I was very skeptical about your purchase but I have to admit clients have been impressed with what it can do.

Posted by Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty) about 12 years ago

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